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Student involved in hazing incident had blood alcohol five times the legal limit

Students Andrew Walker (left) and Christoper Barksdale have been arrested and are facing hazing charges. Image courtesy of Tarrant County Jail.

Court documents filed in connection with allegations of hazing at Kappa Sigma portray an afternoon of drinking that ended with an unconscious student being taken to the hospital.

The student, who isn’t being named by TCU360, had a blood alcohol of .4, or five times the legal limit, according to the arrest warrant affidavits for Christopher Barksdale and Andrew Walker.

TCU360 isn’t naming either of the students who were forced to drink because they aren’t facing criminal charges.

Barksdale and Walker have been charged with personal hazing, alcohol violation, investigation-patrol and possessing a fictitious license, in connection with the Sept. 3 incident. The court documents reveal an afternoon marked by excessive drinking.

Barksdale is a former student and Walker is classified as a sophomore.

According to the affidavits, the afternoon began with a text message from Barksdale to two students who had been accepted as fraternity pledges.

One pledge was told to bring a “handle” of Tito’s vodka, or a 1.75 liter bottle, to the Kappa Sigma chapter house.

“Hurry up,” Barksdale wrote in a text. “The longer you make me wait the worse it’s going yo(sic) get.”  

The pledges arrived at the chapter house around 4 p.m. Once inside, they were instructed to go to Barksdale’s room on the second floor, according to the affidavits.

Andrew Walker and another student, who is not charged, joined Barksdale and the recruits.

One of the pledges began drinking in the bathroom after Barksdale gave him a beer and told him to “shoot” it, according to the court documents.

The next task for the two pledges was to sort sprinkles while being yelled at by Barksdale and Walker. The pledges also were told to consume vodka during this time, according to court documents.

One pledge told investigators he drank from the bottle of vodka between 10 to 15 times.

Barksdale and Walker warned the pledges that refusing to drink would put the pledges on the “cut list” to be dropped from the fraternity.

In addition to being forced to consume alcohol, the pledges said they had to eat expired guacamole.

They told police they weren’t allowed to leave the room to throw up.

One pledge blacked out from the consumption of alcohol and was found by another member of Kappa Sigma.

An ambulance was called and the pledge was taken to Harris Methodist Hospital Emergency Room where he was treated for acute alcohol poisoning with a blood alcohol level of .4 percent.

The other student was returned to his dorm room in an intoxicated state, but he was not medically evaluated, according to the documents.. He told investigators that on a scale of 1-10, his level of intoxication was a 9.9.

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